Six on Saturday 15/09/2018 – Mottistone Gardens

In a bid to avoid repetition of previous Six on Saturday posts, I was delighted when I checked the participant guide that a six could include a garden visited. So here is my Six on Saturday following my coach excursion on Wednesday to the Isle of Wight. It was the only day that has rained for weeks! We visited Ventnor Botantic Garden and the colourful National Trust garden at Mottistone. Given the choice of the two gardens I am sharing six of my photos taken at Mottistone.

1. Monocot Border and Lower Garden

Following the garden plan, the first part of the garden you are guided to is the Monocot border and the Lower Garden. It is clearly quite sheltered and had a tranquil feel to it. The planting here consists of palms, banana trees, cannas and wonderful white and orange Ginger Lilies to name but a few.

2. The Steps up to the double border

I love Erigeron and the steps leading up to another part of the garden where covered with these delicate looking pink and white daisy-type flower. They flower from May to October and must be quite resilient growing out of cracks. Clearly a lot hardier than they look.

3. A blaze of colour

At the top of the steps, the orange just hits you with a sharp intake of breath. There were several varieties of orange dahlias, the information on the website tells us that the spiked orange dahlia is called ‘Ludwig Helfert’.

4. The double herbaceous border

The end of summer/early autumn planting was striking. There are lots of blues and purples with Michaelmas Daisies and Sedum which intermingled with bright yellows. I didn’t photograph them, but there were four very busy volunteers working hard in this part of the garden.

5. The allotment/kitchen garden

I always get excited to find a kitchen garden when visiting gardens. This one, on a west facing slope, was particularly interesting because it is being revamped. I had a lovely chat with the NT garden designer who took time out to show me the plans and explain what was going to go where. The cold frames in the middle will be replaced with a Mediterranean Garden, growing plants such as aubergines, and peppers. I will certainly look forward to seeing it when finished. The other interesting thing is that the compost area is in full view and not tucked away out of site, as they often are.

6. Border by the tearoom

Again, another border packed with autumn coloured planting including a beautiful Alstroemeria ‘Indian Summer’ . This border also had orange dahlias, enormous Nepeta which the bees were loving and at the front of the border are Gaillardia, which I think are Kobold Goblin. They really are that bright, no photo tweaking here.

Now please peer over the garden fence and take a look at everyone else’s Six on Saturday hosted every Saturday by The Propagator.

11 thoughts on “Six on Saturday 15/09/2018 – Mottistone Gardens

  1. Thanks for letting us come along with you on your garden visit. I love the way erigeron grows out of the tightest of little gaps and meanders along looking for the next to root into. But I have learned the hard way that it’s ability to shine in the toughest of conditions turns into a right pain in the whatevers when it has a chance to run free in the border and becomes a thug. So I suppose I’ll need to build some steps to grow it in.

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  2. It looks like a lovely garden! I think the Isle of Wight enjoys a mild climate all year round and this garden looks a bit like one in Roscoff ( France ) with rather exotic plants. Thank you for sharing this trip!

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  3. Both lovely gardens, thanks for taking me back to Mottistone. Love the orange and purple combination.

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    1. You are welcome, it was lovely to be able to share it. I went about 10 years ago and don’t remember it as being so lovely. Ventnor was not as spectacular as I recalled it. There were clearly staffing issues, no one in the shop taking tickets or sales and a couple of grumpy young people in the cafe who seemed to be doing everything.


      1. Didn’t Ventnor gardens get into financial difficulties and have to be sold? I thought it was doing well, but obviously not so. Another blogger remarked that it was closed when he was there a month ago. Such a pity as it is or was a fabulous garden in a fantastic location. I remember walking thorough and down onto the beach at the bottom. Such a shame the authorities can’t keep such a tourist attraction going, it must bring in lots of money surely, if run well.


        1. In 2012 Ventnor Botantic Gardens became a CIC (Community Interest Company) on 125 year lease. Maybe we were unfortunate but on Wednesday there was clearly a problem with staff. Had it been mid Winter I would have understood the ‘closed for business’ feeling. However there are plenty of good reviews in TripAdvisor, the only negatives were comments about the couldn’t careless attitude of the staff. It is quite expensive and not suitable if you have mobility issues. However having said that it is a lovely place just to wander around.

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          1. A shame they can’t get good staff, they really do make or break a business. I cannot be bothered to return to a place where the staff are rude or bored or indifferent.

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  4. I’m with Lora. Gorgeous alstromeria!

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    1. It is definitely one on my list for next year.


  5. I love seeing gardens on this scale. There are so many ideas on a larger canvas, so that, to me, are more easily seen, which can then be reduced & used in a domestic garden. And new (to me) plants like that gorgeous alstromeria! Wowser. Loved the steps idea, too. You could do a lot w/that one. Glad you enjoyed your trip AND that you shared it w/us.

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    1. It certainly was full of ideas especially this time of the year when summer planting is beginning to stop flowering.


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